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August 22, 2013 4:49:22 AM

Hi, I noticed that for the past 2-3 months my card has been heating up like crazy when I was playing games. It usually goes up to 80c, but in heavier games like Crysis it can go up as high as 90c. When Idle my card is at 47c.
I understand that it's not very good for the card, so what can I do to lower the temperature?
I have a GTX 560 Ti OC from Gigabyte which is almost 2 years old, and It's also pretty hot where I live(usually ~30c).

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August 22, 2013 4:55:06 AM

it sounds like the thermal compound has just started to fail, you want to remove the heatsink and re apply thermal compound on the gpu core. since nvidia cards tend to have a large integrated heat spreader use the 5 dots method to get good coverage on the gpu rather than spreading for best results.

also make sure to take the heatsink apart and clean it of any dust.
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August 22, 2013 5:15:23 AM

If you have warranty, take it to warranty. You may loose warranty if you don't know what you're doing and break something.
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August 22, 2013 5:23:18 AM

mauller07 said:
it sounds like the thermal compound has just started to fail, you want to remove the heatsink and re apply thermal compound on the gpu core. since nvidia cards tend to have a large integrated heat spreader use the 5 dots method to get good coverage on the gpu rather than spreading for best results.

also make sure to take the heatsink apart and clean it of any dust.

I didn't change the thermal compound on a gpu before, so I just want to make sure, I only need to re-apply thermal compound on the gpu core? nothing else?

gcatalin said:
If you have warranty, take it to warranty. You may loose warranty if you don't know what you're doing and break something.

The store that I bought my card from told me that if I OC the card then I'll void the warranty - which I did.
Maybe they can somehow check if I changed the clock speeds and just give me back the card after 2 weeks.. I don't want to wait so long just to find out that my warranty is gone and I could have solved the issue myself.
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August 22, 2013 5:29:09 AM

they have no way of telling if you have overclocked the card unless you tell them or have physically modded the card which i doubt you will have.

if its out of warranty then replacing the thermal compound is the only other option and its simple enough to do.
just clean off the old compound with pure alcohol and then place 5 rice grains of thermal compound around the core at equal places, with 1 in the centre then place the heatsink back down squarely, give it a few slight twists while applying pressure still and then screw it back into place.
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August 22, 2013 5:30:08 AM

grach said:
Hi, I noticed that for the past 2-3 months my card has been heating up like crazy when I was playing games. It usually goes up to 80c, but in heavier games like Crysis it can go up as high as 90c. When Idle my card is at 47c.
I understand that it's not very good for the card, so what can I do to lower the temperature?
I have a GTX 560 Ti OC from Gigabyte which is almost 2 years old, and It's also pretty hot where I live(usually ~30c).


Don't agree with other posters. Normal operating parameters for a GTX560ti means it can operate and function correctly up to 99 degrees C. Mine goes to about 70-80 deg on full load. But going slightly beyond that for intensive games is normal, and occurs quite regularly. It IS okay working at those temps.

Saying that, at 90 deg+, I would be setting up a fan profile, so that should the card go above, say, 60 - 70 deg, you can set the fan to come on at a higher speed to keep the temps down. Don't go RMA'ing anything just yet, or even take the GPU apart and reseat with new thermal paste. It may not be required.

My advice is to install MSI afterburner, set up a fan profile to bump the fan speed to 75% if the temps go beyond 70 deg and you should be okay to go :)  But let us know how you get on with that!


EDIT: Just saw that your living in a relatively hot area. At 30 deg ambient, of course your gonna have higher idle/load temps than normal. Given my ambient temp is in the low 20's right now, your temps roughly fall inline with my own. Again, I would not rush into doing anything else right now other than figuring out a better fan profile, and see where that takes you.
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August 22, 2013 5:42:51 AM

mauller07 said:
they have no way of telling if you have overclocked the card unless you tell them or have physically modded the card which i doubt you will have.


if its out of warranty then replacing the thermal compound is the only other option and its simple enough to do.
just clean off the old compound with pure alcohol and then place 5 rice grains of thermal compound around the core at equal places, with 1 in the centre then place the heatsink back down squarely, give it a few slight twists while applying pressure still and then screw it back into place.

The card is still in warranty, I'll try playing with the fan profile in MSI Afterburner, and if that doesn't work out then I'll take it back to the store.

keith12 said:
grach said:
Hi, I noticed that for the past 2-3 months my card has been heating up like crazy when I was playing games. It usually goes up to 80c, but in heavier games like Crysis it can go up as high as 90c. When Idle my card is at 47c.
I understand that it's not very good for the card, so what can I do to lower the temperature?
I have a GTX 560 Ti OC from Gigabyte which is almost 2 years old, and It's also pretty hot where I live(usually ~30c).


Don't agree with other posters. Normal operating parameters for a GTX560ti means it can operate and function correctly up to 99 degrees C. Mine goes to about 70-80 deg on full load. But going slightly beyond that for intensive games is normal, and occurs quite regularly. It IS okay working at those temps.

Saying that, at 90 deg+, I would be setting up a fan profile, so that should the card go above, say, 60 - 70 deg, you can set the fan to come on at a higher speed to keep the temps down. Don't go RMA'ing anything just yet, or even take the GPU apart and reseat with new thermal paste. It may not be required.

My advice is to install MSI afterburner, set up a fan profile to bump the fan speed to 75% if the temps go beyond 70 deg and you should be okay to go :)  But let us know how you get on with that!


EDIT: Just saw that your living in a relatively hot area. At 30 deg ambient, of course your gonna have higher idle/load temps than normal. Given my ambient temp is in the low 20's right now, your temps roughly fall inline with my own. Again, I would not rush into doing anything else right now other than figuring out a better fan profile, and see where that takes you.


Like I said above, I'll try to mess around with MSI afterburner, see how that goes and reply here.

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August 22, 2013 5:48:53 AM

Like I said above, I'll try to mess around with MSI afterburner, see how that goes and reply here.

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That's good. Heat is one thing, and can be managed with the fan profile. As I've stated, the operating temps your experiencing are normal for that card. Unless your are experiencing actual gameplay problems, the fan profile should be your answer. There should be no reason for you to consider anything more drastic than that right now.
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August 23, 2013 4:58:29 AM

keith12 said:
Like I said above, I'll try to mess around with MSI afterburner, see how that goes and reply here.



That's good. Heat is one thing, and can be managed with the fan profile. As I've stated, the operating temps your experiencing are normal for that card. Unless your are experiencing actual gameplay problems, the fan profile should be your answer. There should be no reason for you to consider anything more drastic than that right now.[/quotemsg]

The temperature of the card dropped to ~85c from 90c. So I'll stick with that till winter comes by. Thanks a bunch!
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August 23, 2013 5:22:15 AM

grach said:
keith12 said:
Like I said above, I'll try to mess around with MSI afterburner, see how that goes and reply here.



That's good. Heat is one thing, and can be managed with the fan profile. As I've stated, the operating temps your experiencing are normal for that card. Unless your are experiencing actual gameplay problems, the fan profile should be your answer. There should be no reason for you to consider anything more drastic than that right now.


The temperature of the card dropped to ~85c from 90c. So I'll stick with that till winter comes by. Thanks a bunch![/quotemsg]

Most welcome :) 

That's a good start. What speed is the fan running at?

Another consideration would be to give the fans on the GPU, and shroud, and heat sinks if you can see them, a good spray of compressed air to clear out some dust, if you haven't done that in a while. Some good house keeping will bring it down another degree or two!
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August 23, 2013 8:57:37 AM

keith12 said:



Most welcome :) 

That's a good start. What speed is the fan running at?

Another consideration would be to give the fans on the GPU, and shroud, and heat sinks if you can see them, a good spray of compressed air to clear out some dust, if you haven't done that in a while. Some good house keeping will bring it down another degree or two!


ATM the fan runs at 2550 RPM, which is 57%. I set the fan to run at 100% when the card reaches 80c.
I'll buy a can of compressed air in a couple of days and clear out the dust.
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August 23, 2013 9:02:04 AM

grach said:
keith12 said:



Most welcome :) 

That's a good start. What speed is the fan running at?

Another consideration would be to give the fans on the GPU, and shroud, and heat sinks if you can see them, a good spray of compressed air to clear out some dust, if you haven't done that in a while. Some good house keeping will bring it down another degree or two!


ATM the fan runs at 2550 RPM, which is 57%. I set the fan to run at 100% when the card reaches 80c.
I'll buy a can of compressed air in a couple of days and clear out the dust.

You might find the optimum fan speed is around the 75% mark, you need to play about with it a bit.
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